BOISE, IDAHO - COT Co., a maker of hot tub covers, plans to open a 6,000-square-foot plant to recycle polystyrene packing materials. The Boise-based manufacturer is looking for a plant site to begin accepting PS sheets, blocks and peanuts by the end of this year, said Tip O'Connor, COT vice president, products.
``We'll be our own best customer,'' he said.
COT generates about 2,000 pounds of waste PS each week, O'Connor said.
The landfill in Ada County, where COT is located, accepts an estimated 24,000 pounds of PS packing material a month.
The company's new facility, which will be called Boise Recycling, eventually could accept twice that level of material on a monthly basis, O'Connor said.
``Our customers will be long-haul shippers, household movers, freight forwarders - any company that ships products,'' he said. ``We're in the process of doing market research. ... We think we could do 25,000-50,000 pounds a month.''
The facility will create six jobs and include equipment to grind all forms of PS packing into uniform material to be packaged in 15-pound bags. Boise Recycling then will sell the bags of recycled PS for $15 each, he said.